Les Blank: Always For Pleasure

Les Blank: Always For Pleasure

Les Blank

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Overview

This collection of 22 documentaries by the independent filmmaker Les Blank includes restored versions of his features The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins, God Respects Us When We Work, but Loves Us When We Dance, Spend It All, A Well Spent Life, Dry Wood, Hot Pepper, Always for Pleasure, Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, Sprout Wings and Fly, In Heaven There Is No Beer?, Gap-Toothed Women, Yum, Yum. Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking, The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists, Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella, as well as eight additional shorts made by Blank.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
UPC: 0715515119511
Original Release: 0000
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 9:23:00
Sales rank: 35,044

Special Features

New 2K digital restorations of all fourteen films: The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins (1968); God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance (1968); Spend It All (1971); A Well Spent Life (1971); Dry Wood (1973); Hot Pepper (1973); Always For Pleasure (1978); Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980); Sprout Wings and Fly (1983); In Heaven There Is No Beer? (1984); Gap-Toothed Women (1987); Yum, Yum, Yum! A Taste of Cajun and Creole Cooking (1990); The Maestro: King of the Cowboy Artists (1994); and Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella (1995); Excerpt from Les Blank: A Quiet Revelation, a film project by Harrod Blank and Gina Leibrecht; New interviews with Blank's sons, Harrod and Beau; Blank documentary subject Gerald Gaxiola (a.k.a. the Maestro); Blank's friends and collaborators Skip Gerson, Maureen Gosling, Taylor Hackford, Werner Herzog, Susan Kell, Tom Luddy, David Silberberg, and Chris Simon; and chef and author Alice Waters; Related shorts by Blank: The Sun's Gonna Shine (1968), Julie: Old Time Tales of the Blue Ridge (1991), My Old Fiddle: A Visit with Tommy Jarrell in the Blue Ridge (1994), The Maestro Rides Again! (2005), and Lagniappe (2006); Two outtake performances from The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins; PLUS: a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Andrew Horton

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits

Technical Credits
Les Blank Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. Introducin' Lightnin' [4:34]
2. The Blues [3:28]
3. Mance [3:17]
4. Snakes [1:00]
5. The Black Pig [2:23]
6. Preachin' [8:04]
7. Goin' Home [3:04]
8. Heart and Soul [5:39]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Pleasures [5:49]
2. The Cajuns of Southwest Louisiana [2:15]
3. The Old Days [4:07]
4. Racing and Dancing [4:50]
5. "The Balfa Waltz" [3:35]
6. Dewey Balfa [6:16]
7. Nathan Abshire [4:57]
8. Treatment by Hand [1:53]
9. Feast [4:12]
10. Marc Savoy [5:12]
Disc #2 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. "Mind That Boss Man" [5:07]
2. Our Shared World [4:39]
3. Marriage [3:58]
4. Sacrifice [4:53]
5. "Night Time is the Right Time" [4:01]
6. Young People [2:08]
7. Pleasures [2:51]
8. Family [4:57]
9. Baptism [6:38]
10. Love [4:58]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Mardi Gras 1972 [9:11]
2. Ash Wednesday [1:38]
3. Work and Play [10:55]
4. Men's Night [2:52]
5. Butchering the Pig [4:45]
6. Family Time [7:52]
1. The Chenier Brothers [6:31]
2. Work [3:21]
3. On the Road [2:40]
4. "Electric Fingers" [5:49]
5. "American People" [3:48]
6. "Be Something" [3:37]
7. Clifton's Grandma [4:11]
8. "I'm Coming Home" [5:08]
9. "Life is a Companion" [3:29]
10. "I'm a Hog For You" [4:55]
11. "Look and Listen" [3:55]
12. Take Flight [7:05]
Disc #3 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. "Sea Cruise" [3:17]
2. Funerals [10:54]
3. Red Beans and Rice [4:02]
4. Crawfish [2:37]
5. St. Patrick's Day [4:17]
6. Mardi Gras [5:04]
7. Preparations [4:35]
8. Professor Longhair [3:23]
9. The Chiefs [6:14]
10. "Meet the Boys on the Battlefront" [6:04]
11. Traditions [7:08]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. The French Quarter [3:19]
2. Blue Lu Barker [:58]
3. "Doin' It" [3:18]
4. "Don't You Feel My Leg" [5:36]
5. "Bald Hair" [4:29]
6. "Indians, Here They Come" [3:49]
7. "Brother John is Gone" [3:52]
1. "The Spice of Life" [4:21]
2. The Old Ways [3:30]
3. Chez Panisse Garlic Festival [6:47]
4. "A Victim of Garlic" [3:15]
5. Sausage [4:08]
6. Stir-Fry [2:27]
7. Pesto [1:39]
8. "I Smell Like Garlic" [5:37]
9. Allium Sativum - A Few Facts [3:25]
10. Comfort and Cure [4:46]
11. Harvest [10:33]
Disc #4 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. "The Devil's Instrument" [3:05]
2. "Talkin' to Dead Folks" [6:17]
3. The Jarrell Sisters [5:35]
4. Good Liquor and Good Music [4:36]
5. Fellow Travelers [4:29]
6. Fiddle Fest! [6:49]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. "In Heaven There is No Beer" [3:44]
2. Polka! [1:36]
3. Polka Festivals [5:01]
4. Polka Mass [2:20]
5. A Healthy Durg [3:12]
6. Some History [4:52]
7. Polka and Love [4:54]
8. Lawn Fete [2:46]
9. Polka People [4:06]
10. "Who Stole the Keeshka?" [3:02]
11. Young and Old [13:37]
1. The Mystique [4:08]
2. The Eye of the Beholder [11:34]
3. "Women Who Do Things" [15:30]
Disc #5 -- Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
1. Goo Courtbouillon [4:06]
2. Paul Prudhomme [2:32]
3. Traditions [7:49]
4. Crawfish and Frog Legs Étouffée [2:09]
5. Cajun-Style [3:09]
6. The Origins of Crawfish [2:33]
7. Savoy Family Favorites [8:32]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. "Art is a Religion, Not a Business" [4:47]
2. Maestro Day [3:47]
3. Persona [4:04]
4. Upbringing [3:15]
5. Master of His Environment [4:32]
6. "A Decision of Fate" [9:27]
7. More Maestro Day [4:43]
8. "Andy Warhol Can't Paint" [3:46]
9. Confronting Christo [3:22]
10. "His Life is His Canvas" [11:28]
1. Introducing Francisco Aguabella [6:50]
2. Bata Drums [4:22]
3. Religious Ceremonies [6:58]
4. Katherine Dunham [2:38]
5. Rumba [6:03]
6. Spirituality and Strength [7:34]

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